Vocational Guidance Services (VGS) is a not-for-profit agency whose mission is "Preparing People with Barriers to Employment for a Brighter Future."
Impact Summary from the Nonprofit Vocational Guidance Services (VGS) changes lives and strengthens communities with services that enhance personal abilities, break down barriers to employment and help individuals realize their potential. For its outstanding service to the community, the agency has been recognized with a variety of awards. Since 2000, VGS has received ten (10) national awards, twelve (12) regional (state/multi-state) awards and twenty-five (25) local awards. In 2010, VGS achieved a number of accomplishments, of which some of the highlights included: Secure 41 new programs and social enterprise contracts which provided daily employment for more that 55 full time equivalent (FTE) transitional workers and served more than 650 additional participants annually. Achieved 911 placements of which 205 wer individuals with significant disabilities. Provided over 876,000 paid hours of "learning while earning" work opportunities which equates to 421 full time equivalent (FTE) workers and $7.9 million in wages and benefits. Became a certified Medicaid Provider for Developmental Services. For 2011, VGS has identified the following strategies and desired outcomes: High Performance: VGS will be agency of choice for participants & customers within our service area. Leadership & Staff Development: VGS staff & volunteers will be talented/productive individuals, helping organization to meet its long-term organizational needs. Innovation: VGS will be noted for its innovation in developing services that align participants' abilities with current/emerging demand occupations and will leverage technology to enhance service delivery. Financial Strength: VGS will demonstrate solid financial strength by generating revenues in excess of expenses and by implementing an effective strategy to deal with time-limited or unpredictable funding. Brand Development: VGS will reflect a strong reputation of excellence and establish a high level of awareness in the community & among its customers.
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